Tofte, MN (NNCNOW.com)
After 18 hours and 112 miles on the Beargrease trail, the winner of the mid distance race crossed the finish line in Tofte.
Ross Fraboni of Two Harbors took the title just five minutes ahead of the next team on Monday morning.
"The guy who was chasing right behind him was Josh Compton. They're team mates running dogs out of the same kennel." said Beargrease president Jason Rice.
"Though the mid distance race is a lot shorter than the marathon, none of these mushers will tell you it's a race for beginners." said reporter Dave Anderson at the finish line in Tofte.
"It's very competitive this race. It's not a beginner's race. It's tough." said Esko musher Alex LaPlante.
Among those finding out how tough the mid distance is was 14 year old Elizabeth Nelson of Togo.
She's the granddaughter of marathon champion Jamie Nelson.
Zach Brown of Chattanooga Tennessee got the experience, too.
He's not as new to the cold as one might think.
"I spent a lot of time in Alaska running dogs for fun and work and then came back to Tennessee." said Brown.
According to Beargrease president Jason Rice, the mid distance race is perfect for people with smaller dog teams.
And, running those dogs in the beauty of the north woods is priceless.
"Having a team of dogs silently pulling you through this beautiful terrain we're blessed with here in the Northland; I don't think there's a better way to see it, really."
In Tofte along the Beargrease trail, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.
The full marathon runs nearly 400 miles.
That race is expected to finish on Wednesday morning in Duluth.